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Date PostedApril 20, 2012

New Technology and Job Offers

Construction is evolving and there is new technology being introduced every day, this means that you should be adapting to these changes. The article below introduces a new technology to the construction industry, which is essentially a way that construction sites can connect to each other with technology. This technology is especially useful and as it states “Roz Buick, vice president and general manager for Trimble’s Civil Construction Division explains that Trimble Connected Site uses construction technology to improve efficiency and productivity.”

Trimble introduces three new solutions to connect construction sites

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Trimble’s Connected Site can improve the efficiency of construction projects, resulting in the earlier completion of high quality projects at a lower cost

Trimble Australia  announces the introduction of three new solutions comprising of Trimble Connected Office, Trimble Connected Controller and Trimble Connected Machine for heavy civil construction professionals. The solutions were presented to the construction industry at Intermat 2012, the international exhibition of equipment, machinery and techniques for the construction and materials industries.  

Together creating the Trimble Connected Site solution, the three new solutions bring new efficiencies into construction sites by saving time and cost at every stage, virtually eliminating steps in the plan, design, construct and operate process.  

Trimble’s Connected Site can improve the efficiency of construction projects, resulting in earlier completion of high quality projects at a lower cost.  

Roz Buick, vice president and general manager for Trimble’s Civil Construction Division explains that Trimble Connected Site uses construction technology to improve efficiency and productivity, while minimising waste and expense. Trimble’s construction solutions empower contractors with site-wide information integration, transforming the way a contractor gets the job done.  

Trimble Connected Office  

Trimble Connected Office uses software and hosted services to create 3D construction models, perform data preparation and takeoff, wirelessly sync data, monitor site productivity, and manage fleets and assets.  

Trimble Connected Controller  

Trimble Connected Controller solution wirelessly syncs a Trimble Site Positioning System in the field with the office and allows the Trimble Controller to receive GNSS corrections via the Internet.  

Trimble Connected Machine  

Trimble Connected Machine solution uses hardware included in all Trimble Grade Control Systems to help contractors connect their assets and see what their machines are doing.

This article was sourced from Info Link online. It can be accessed here: http://www.infolink.com.au/c/Trimble-Australia/Trimble-introduces-three-new-solutions-to-connect-construction-sites-n912376

But using construction technology is only really important to you if you have completed the Queensland white card course (or any states) and you have a job in construction. If you don’t have a job though, and you are looking, you might want to look all around Australia, as the national white card allows you to work in any state or territory around Australia. You should also consider the following graph showing which states are booming in construction jobs and which states aren’t.

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Another article that might help you out when looking for construction jobs is seen below. This article details the amount of jobs that are being given to foreign workers, and while this may not seem like such a good thing for you, it means that there are a lot of jobs out there for you to take advantage of.

Foreign workers filling boom jobs

Owen Jacques | 19th April 2012 4:40 PM

ALMOST 2500 foreign workers were brought to Queensland in the past year to fill vacancies in mining and construction.

Figures from Department of Immigration and Citizenship showed in the 12 months to February 21, a figure of 34 per cent of international workers to the state were delivered to these boom industries.

The numbers illustrate the disparity between the state’s boom and bust economies, as a skills crisis grips part of the state even as more than 50,000 attended the Queensland Government’s recent sessions on how to join the resources industry.

The demand for talented overseas workers is only increasing, with British workers easily most used, as the United States and India almost tie for second.

About 1360 construction workers arrived in the past 12 months on 457 or “Temporary business long stay” visas.

That is more than double the 670 construction workers that arrived the year before.

For mining, international worker numbers increased from 560 to 1180 in the same period.

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union construction state secretary Michael Ravbarcor said the use of these visas was a way to “bring in foreign workers who (businesses) can exploit by paying lower wages”.

“Their employer can threaten to cancel their visa and ship the 457 worker home if they bring up any concerns of safety or wage conditions,” Mr Ravbar said.

He added that the Housing Industry of Australia and Master Builders Queensland – both employee groups – believed the skills shortage was exaggerated.

The immigration figures showed newly-arrived construction workers earned a total of $124,400 a year on average – an amount higher than their counterparts in other states apart from the Northern Territory.

Mine workers on a 457 visa earned a total of $131,900 on average – with only Western Australia and Northern Territory paying more.

Chamber of Commerce Industry Queensland advocacy general manager Nick Behrenscor said the state needed workers because the few people who could do the job would not move to regional areas.

“They don’t want to go west, they want to stay on the eastern seaboard and aren’t prepared to relocate to regional Queensland,” he said.

“The process is very stringent, you cannot source a 457 visa if there are people to fill the position.”

He said accusations of poor pay by unions was “an absolute furphy”.

As more workers were sucked into the black hole of the mining industry, he said skilled construction workers in isolated or regional areas had to be brought from elsewhere.

“If you look at the broad economy, you could argue that we are undergoing poor economic conditions which makes you think we don’t need 457s,” he said.

“But parts of the economy are doing very well and, accordingly, they’re continuing to need skills in construction, mining and health.”

Coming to the land Down Under
In the past 12 months:

  • 7380 – number of workers coming to Queensland on 457 visas in 2011/12.
  • Of those 1360 (18.4%) were for construction jobscor, another 1180 (16%) were in miningcor
  • The amount of workers on 457 visas for the two industries doubled in 12 months.
  • In total for Queensland, 1710 came from the UK
  • 740 came from the United States
  • 720 from India
  • 590 from Ireland.

This article was sourced from the great news site, CoolumNews Online. The article can be seen here: http://www.coolum-news.com.au/story/2012/04/19/foreign-workers-filling-boom-jobs/

This article essentially means that there are an abundance of jobs for you to take part in. One interesting thing about this article is that it says “They don’t want to go west, they want to stay on the eastern seaboard and aren’t prepared to relocate to regional Queensland,” So this means that you could capitalize on the situation and maybe apply for jobs in Queensland where there might be a lack of work. This is another reason that you should get online and complete the White Card Training as soon as possible. The training allows you to work on any construction site in Australia, so you need it before you can start applying.

Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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